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Arrowhead surges to state tournament

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

February 24, 2017 — A season that started with only dreams back in November turned into reality on Feb. 24 for the Arrowhead boys hockey team.

Playing in the WIAA sectional title game for the fifth time in school history and the first time at home, No. 4-ranked Arrowhead broke a 1-1 tie midway through the second period en route to an impressive 4-1 victory over the talented Wildcats at the jam-packed Mullett Center. The Warhawks are now headed to their third state tournament in program history.

What figures to be the largest hockey crowd in Arrowhead history celebrated as players mobbed each other on the ice.

"You can't believe how happy I am for every guy in that locker room," said AHS coach Carl Valimont. "I'm so proud of them. Two years ago and even for a part of last season, they were not sure what the future was going to be. But we challenged them to put in the work in the last offseason, and they took on that challenge. And here we are, back at the state tournament, and we're not just going up there to play. We're going up there to win."
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Warhawks claw within one win of state tournament

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

February 21, 2017 — If there was any suspense for the No. 1 seeded Arrowhead boys hockey team going into its WIAA sectional semi-final game against visiting Waupun on Feb. 21 at the Mullett Ice Center, AHS junior defenseman Matthew Chomniak quickly wiped it out.

Chomniak fired in two long range goals in less than 7 minutes to open the game, and suddenly, the No. 4-ranked Warhawks had themselves a quick 2-0 lead en route to a 6-0 win over the fifth-seeded Warriors.. Another goal later in the period by freshman forward Will Bonk gave Arrowhead a comfortable 3-0 edge after the opening period.

AHS then scored three more goals in an action-packed second period en route to the sectional championship game at the Mullett at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, against No. 3-seeded University School. The winner of that game advances to next week's state tournament in Madison. AHS defeated University School by a 6-3 score on Dec. 8.

"I'll tell you something; the guys came to play tonight" said a smiling Arrowhead coach Carl Valimont. "You could see it right from the start. That's about as good as it gets. We scored early, kept the pressure on them, and our defense didn't give them much. They were focused tonight. When we play like that, we're a pretty good hockey team."
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Cox, Tormala head Arrowhead's defense

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

February 13, 2017 — Arrowhead boys hockey coach Carl Valimont has been singing the praises of his top two defensemen, senior Elijah Tormala and junior Dylan Cox, all season long.

Since the incredible AHS season started back in the November, Valimont, a standout for the Milwaukee Admirals for years, has said that in his judgement, Tormala and Cox are the top two defensemen on the same team in the state.

It's difficult to argue with.

Led by Tormala and Cox, the Warhawks have not only put together one of the best records (21-2-1) in the state but also one of the best in school history. The only team with fewer losses ever at Arrowhead came in 2002-03 when the Warhawks won a school record 20 games in a row and finished the year at 20-1-1. Arrowhead has given up just 1.5 goals per game while scoring 145.

"Both Tormala and Cox are very highly skilled hockey players and outstanding defensemen," Valimont said. "These two guys can do a lot of things on the ice. Their defensive skills are obvious. They disrupt a lot of things our opponents are trying to do to us. But remember, they also can score. When those two guys are on the ice, a lot of good things happen."
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Wings clip Arrowhead hockey team

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

February 08, 2017 — rrowhead's bid to make some team history came up a little short Feb. 7.

Playing in the game of the year in the Classic 8 Conference, the No. 3-ranked Arrowhead boys hockey team saw its 19-game winning streak come to an end when it suffered a 3-1 loss to the No. 5-ranked Waukesha Wings in the final game of the league season at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena.

Had AHS won the game, it would have won have the outright league championship. Instead, the Warhawks fell to 6-1 in league play, tying them with Waukesha and giving them the co-championship. The conference title was the 11th for the Warhawks in the Classic 8, more than any other school.

However, Arrowhead came up one game short of tying a team record for most consecutive wins. The school record is 20 consecutive wins set by the 2002-03 team.
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Arrowhead, Waukesha skaters clash on Tuesday

By Chuck Delsman (Lake Country Reporter)

February 05, 2017 — The best two boys hockey teams in the Classic 8 Conference go head-to-head at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena.

Arrowhead, ranked No. 3 in the state, will battle No. 8-ranked Waukesha in the game of the year in the conference.

The Warhawks have the best record in the league at 6-0, good for 12 points. They've already clinched at least a share of the league championship. If Arrowhead (20-1) wins, the Warhawks will win the outright championship, their 11th conference title. Waukesha (18-3, 5-1) needs a win to share the title.

"We're playing good hockey, and Waukesha also has a very good team," said Arrowhead coach Carl Valimont. "It should be a lot of fun on Tuesday night. The guys on both teams know each other very well."
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